PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Regional Meeting: Mountain West (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)
Track: Interact in Roundtables
Saturday, October 26 – 5:10 PM – 6:00 PM
Room: Lester Young B
Being part of a PFLAG chapter comes with lots of successes and many questions. Our work is not easy. However, there is one person who can help your chapter navigate the challenges and celebrate the victories: your Regional Director. Each volunteer Regional Director oversees several states in one of thirteen Regions. Regional Directors work to start new chapters and trouble shoot the inevitable concerns that are a part of our work. You should know your Regional Director! We are here to help. So come spend time with your Regional Director, and other chapter leaders from your state and region, and let’s talk. Bring your questions, your concerns, your hopes, and your successes. Your Regional Director won’t have all the answers, but the best ideas start with a conversation. See you there!
Blanca Leos, PFLAG National Regional Director
Blanca’s involvement with PFLAG started when her son came out. She wanted to get educated about the LGBTQ+ community and learn how to break the stigma of raising a Catholic, Latino, gay son. As a single Latina mom, her work with PFLAG and experience raising her child helped her learn how to educate people on their preconceived notions about LGBTQ+ people. Shortly after Blanca's initial involvement with PFLAG Denver, she became the president of the chapter. She has used outside-of-the-box-thinking to grow the chapter, adding satellite meetings, developing new ways to raise money, and creatively increasing the chapter's visibility in the LGBTQ+ and wider community. As a leader she has been challenged in new and surprising ways, achieved things she never thought possible—and done things outside of her comfort zone that have made her grow in her role.